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New 50-State Report Compares College and Career Readiness

March 16th, 2016

Too few U.S. high school graduates are academically prepared. That’s the conclusion from a report released this week by Achieve, a national, independent education reform group. The study compares all 50 states and their adoption of college- and career-ready policies based on each state’s standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems. “Achieve has long advocated the adoption of college- and career-ready policies at the state level,” said Michael… Read more

Washington Legislature Acts to Save Public Charter Schools

March 14th, 2016

The Washington Legislature came together last week in bipartisan fashion to pass a bill to save public charter schools. We’re thankful to legislators in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle for working together to pass a long-term solution for these schools. This fix will allow for the continued operation of eight charter schools that have already demonstrated impressive student achievement… Read more

One-Year Fix for Public Charter Schools Not a Solution

March 8th, 2016

In the final days of the 2016 Washington legislative session, state lawmakers are working to find compromise on a funding solution for the state’s eight public charter schools. A Senate passed a bill back in January that would keep these schools operating and satisfy the Supreme Court ruling last year that declared the previous funding mechanism unconstitutional. The House has yet to advance… Read more

In Final Stretch of Legislative Session, Ed Boards Urge Action to Save Public Charter Schools

February 29th, 2016

The shot clock is winding down on the short 2016 legislative session, and the future remains unknown for Washington’s eight public charter schools. With less than two weeks remaining on the legislative calendar, editorial boards from around the state continue to call on our state’s leaders to find a solution for the state’s charter schools following a Supreme Court ruling last year that declared… Read more

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